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Ancestral land of Maasai set to become hunting ground for Dubai royals

A member of the Masaai people of Tanzania.
A member of the Maasai people of Tanzania. Image by Feans / CC BY 2.0

The government of Tanzania has been accused of reneging on its promise to protect the ancestral lands of 40,000 Maasai. The pastoralist community has now been ordered to leave their traditional land, which borders the Serengeti National Park, so that it can be turned into a hunting reserve for the royal family of Dubai to shoot big game. Activists celebrated last year when Tanzania publicly turned down a similar proposal, yet the deal now appears to be back on. Maasai representatives are to meet the prime minister on Tuesday to express their anger. Unlike in 2013, compensation is being offered, but the 1 billion shillings (£369,350) will not to be paid directly to those affected – instead it will be channelled into socio-economic development projects. Read more: theguardian.com